The Lamentation
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Inventory number
P01642
Author
Dyck, Anthony van
Title
The Lamentation
Chronology
1618-1620
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
203 cm x 170 cm
School
Flemish
Theme
Religion
On display
Yes
Provenance
Royal Collection

Christ appears dead, on his own shroud. He is held by his mother, who looks imploringly at Heaven. Mary Magdalene kisses his hand while Saint John contemplates the scene from farther back in the composition. In the foreground, in front of the sepulcher, the Crown, Nails and sign in Hebrew, Greek and Latin recall the Crucifixion.

Jesus's posture on Mary's knees and the dramatic nature of this work link it to the Medieval Germanic tradition. It is directly based on an engraving by Goltzius but is also considerably influenced by Rubens, although the great dramatic intensity and pathos of its characters belong to religious works from Van Dyck's mature period.

This work entered the Museum from the Monastery of El Escorial, where it was first documented in 1657.

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